A deep dive..

Maya Tokayer Resident
Reviewed the neighborhood, Hamoshava in Zichron Ya'akov
I landed here three years ago as an oleh from Ohio. It’s been a great landing spot. Here are some pros and (debatable) cons: Pros: - Quality of life is great. There’s a laid back Cali vibe h… show more keyboard_arrow_down I landed here three years ago as an oleh from Ohio. It’s been a great landing spot. Here are some pros and (debatable) cons: Pros: - Quality of life is great. There’s a laid back Cali vibe here. - Not cheap but more affordable than the Mercaz (Tel Aviv/Jeru). You can get a nice new apartment or an old house with 3-4 bedrooms for ~5-6k nis, or beautiful homes ~7k nis and up. (Edited 2021: housing is currently hard to come by) - Plenty of amenities but doesn’t feel like a big city. - Good people. Highly educated. Diverse. - Plenty of English but not too much that you can’t integrate if you try - The beach 🏖 is gorgeous (just down the mountain), and the Ramat Hanadiv gardens are amazing, unlike anything in Israel. The midrachov (main strip in town) has cute shops, bars, restaurants, and events on the holidays... it’s small but quaint :) - The history here is tangible (shul built in 1890’s, homes of pioneers line the midrachov) Debatable cons: - A bit scattered/no centralized community. If you prefer to have some breathing space, this can be a pro. I’m coming from a tight-knit community in the states so I’d love to have a more centralized community, around a shul ideally. That being said, there are multiple communities /chessed groups here that really help out when you’re in need (meals after babies/surgeries etc.), and we have plenty of friends scattered throughout the town. - The hills make shorter distances feel longer.. but again that can also a pro since it means we have great ocean views. - Religiously, it’s mostly secular or traditional here, with a modern orthodox/Dati Leumi/Lite community, an Israeli Charedi community.. and even a Protestant community. The are a few new efforts under way to bring more Torah learning to the town, with a Beit Mideast on the way.. That’s all folks. Happy to chat if you have questions :)
1 year ago

City vibes

Maya Tokayer Previous resident
Lived in Haifa for two weeks and realized I wasn’t a city-girl..but it’s a nice growing city in the North with beaches and malls.
1 year ago
Ilana is a great agent! When we made aliya, she spent a few hours driving us around town to show us the area (and she even introduced us to our first friends in town!)
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘College’ in Alon Shvut
Hertzog College
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Community Center (Matnas)’ in Alon Shvut
The Gush Etzion Matnas is a community center that organizes cultural events and extracurricular classes for all ages
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Hesder Yeshiva’ in Alon Shvut
The yishuv was founded around the Har Etzion Hesder Yeshiva
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Dati Leumi (National religious)’ in Alon Shvut
All Dati Leumi- around 750 families
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Close drive to Schools’ in Neve Daniel
Orot Etzion schools for boys and girls
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Amishav program’ in Neve Daniel
“Amishav” is a program for the integration of teenage Olim
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Dati Leumi (National religious)’ in Neve Daniel
All residents are Dati Leumi (National Religous Jews), around 500 families
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Panoramic views’ in Neve Daniel
Has a view from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea and the Jordanian mountains
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Scattered’ in Zichron Ya'akov
I think it's important to note, Zichron has several nice small communities and it has many warm and welcoming people, but it's not a tight-knit community like you would find in a yishuv. It's a small city/large town, and a bit scattered. If you like privacy, but with access to friends and amenities, this is perfect. If you are looking for a very community-oriented place, you may prefer smaller towns (yishuvim).
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Hilly’ in Migdal HaEmek
It's very hilly, so be ready to walk. But being on a mountain makes for beautiful views!
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘Mountain Views’ in Migdal HaEmek
The views here are stunning. Especially in the winter when all the hills are green and dotted with colorful flowers.
1 year ago
Commented on the tag ‘$$$$ - Luxury living’ in Zichron Ya'akov
Buying here is a fortune...but renting a home/villa/apartment is much more affordable (~4-7k nis) compared to the merkaz (Tel Aviv/Jeru) and you get more space and greenery.
2 years ago
Commented on the tag ‘Very walkable’ in Zichron Ya'akov
It's close to the midrachov (the main strip), where there are shops, restaurants, doctor's offices, banks, supermarkets, and the post office...so it's very easy to get around.
2 years ago